“This play is not appropriate for young children,” said Director Kandace Cleland. “This is more geared to mature adolescents and older.”
She said “Almost Maine” is about a small, mythical town where fall in and out of love in often hilarious ways. When Cleland selected the play she had the Canfield High School Players in mind.
“I wanted them to do something that was more age appropriate,” Cleland said. “This is quirky humor and romance that will appeal to the students.”
Cleland said the rehearsals began Oct. 1 after a month of auditioning. The cast has 20 principal players and a total of 60 when the support cast and stage hands are counted.
Several adults, mostly parents, had contributed to the set design. Last week, Craig Snay wrapped up his artistic touch by finishing off three large backdrops representing a winter outdoor scene.
One of the focal points for the production is a mobile prop built by Mike Williamson and Dave Goddard. They constructed a raised stage that can be turned and moved around the stage by four hands. The unit contains a front screen door and is as large as a room.
“Mike and Dave came up with the central design,” Cleland said.
Moving the large central piece will be key for the nine different scenes in the play, which Cleland said allows numerous CHS actors to get into the act.
“We have a lot of talent here in Canfield,” she said. “'Almost Maine' will help showcase it.”
General admission tickets will be available at the door.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Volunteer artist Craig Snay puts the finishing touches on the backdrop for the Canfield High School Players’ production of “Almost Maine” that opens tonight and also runs on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Canfield High School.